Guwahati, March 1: Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay has been elected as president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, March 1.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (C.B.C.I.) is the permanent association of the Catholic Bishops of India. It was formally constituted in September 1944 at the Conference of Metropolitans held in Madras.
The CBCI is the world’s fourth largest bishops’ conference, with over 200 members, including 30 archbishops and 125 bishops. Its objectives are to facilitate coordinated study and discussion of questions affecting the Church, and adoption of a common policy and effective action in all matters concerning the interests of the Church in India.
Speaking on the occasion, the Cardinal said he would strive to make the Church outward-looking and serving people of all religions in the country. "There is a belief that the Church in India is inward-looking as it keeps aloof from mainstream society," he said.